North East Manchester RAYNET

What is RAYNET?

Who are we?

RAYNET (The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network) is the UK’s national voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs.

The organisation was formed in 1953 following the East Coast floods, when radio amateurs provided emergency communications.

What do we do?

We can provide a flexible communications service for major civil emergencies or related exercises and local community events.

What have we done?

RAYNET has provided additional communications at major incidents involving aircraft, trains, flooding, evacuations, telephone exchange failures, missing persons searches, adverse weather, oil/chemical pollution etc. Examples include:

We have also provided safety communications for large-scale community events, such as:

How do we do it?

RAYNET volunteers normally use their own equipment to provide communications. Voice transmissions are the norm, but typed messages in the form of data transmissions are being increasingly used, allowing 100% accurate messages to be passed over both long and short distances.

In some areas, experimentation is also under way with the use of vehicle-tracking systems and amateur television.

Whom do we do it for?

RAYNET, under the terms of the amateur radio licence, is permitted to pass messages on behalf of

How are we organised?

RAYNET comprises a national network of local groups, who liaise with emergency services, local authorities and other voluntary agencies who could be involved in the integrated management response to major civil emergencies.

Groups are supported by a County/Regional, Zonal and National structure.

All registered members of The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network whilst on duty are covered by "Public Liability" & "Employers Liability" insurance, together with Personal Accident Insurance under policies held nationally by The Network.

How do we train?

Groups work with the emergency services and local authority emergency planning units on both live exercises and table-top simulations. It is, of course, important to have “hands on” experience regularly and throughout the year and to carry out training to nationally agreed standards.

RAYNET personnel provide additional safety communications for local fun runs, marathons, car rallies and a wide variety of events, whereby message passing, engineering skills and operational procedures can be tried and tested.

The national RAYNET website is here:-

Contact Information

North East Manchester RAYNET

Littleborough Conservative Club
Peel Street
OL15 8AQ

Tel: 07880 715376

Meeting times

As required. Members will be advised.

Where we are

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